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KIU Trivia: September 9th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Emergency Services Day (UK). Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, in the United Kingdom is an annual event to promote efficiency in the UK Emergency Services, to educate the public about using the emergency services responsibly, and to promote volunteering across the emergency services in positions such as Special Constables and NHS Community Responders. 

Independence Day (North Korea). Following the Liberation of Korea in 1945 by the Soviet and American forces, a communist Soviet military regime was set up in the northern part of Korea. A new Supreme People's Assembly was elected in August 1948, and on September 3 a new constitution was promulgated. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed on September 9, with Kim Il-sung as Prime Minister. 

What Happened Today?

1. In 1977, fifteen individuals were executed by the Ugandan government for plotting to assassinate President Idi Amin. The fifteen men, among them teachers, businessmen and former government officials, were put to death today by a firing squad on the outskirts of Kampala. A large crowd watched as the executions, ordered by the Military Defense Council and approved by the President, were carried out near a clock tower at 5:05 PM. The condemned men were shot one by one as they stood tied against sand-filled water drums.

2. In 1991, Tajikistan declared its Independence from the Soviet Union. The Central Asian country had been conquered by Russia in the late 19th century. In 1929, the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic was created as a constituent republic of the Soviet Union. Independence in 1991 came after the collapse of the USSR.

3. In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch. She broke the record set by Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne on June 20, 1837, and reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.


1. 1945 -Rukirabasaija Patrick David Matthew Kaboyo Rwamuhokya Olimi III, the 12th Omukama of the Kingdom of Toro.

2. 1988 – William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV, the reigning Kyabazinga of Busoga.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday, The New York Times &

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